Good morning. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today and I extend my sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Carol Friday.
May I make a special welcome to our interstate delegates. I am pleased to be part of the Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Australia Association conference this year, and would like to place on record my appreciation of the important role you have in the early lives of children and young people.
The Commissioner for Children and Young People is an independent statutory role, which reports to the Western Australian Parliament.
Those of you from other parts of Australia will know there are Commissioners and Child Guardians in your home states, and each has a slightly different purpose and function, however, we do meet and collaborate on national issues.